One of the kicks in the pants to start knitting from the stash was a notice I saw in my church bulletin. I saw it about five months ago and it was a call for knitters to make scarves for the homeless for this Fall/Winter season. The organizer sought to collect 1000 scarves before November 19th. A thousand scarves? Yikes, that's a lot, I thought, and promptly put it on the "To Knit" list, which I then ignored.
Then I saw the notice in another bulletin, then in my knitting guild newsletter and again on the web, and could feel this finger tapping me on the shoulder. And finally I realized that I certainly wasn't going to knit 1000 scarves, but I could knit 1. And how long would it take 3-4 days out of my regularly scheduled knitting project.
And it wasn't like I didn't have the yarn.
So I pulled out a skein of boring gray acrylic that I probably got from one of my mother's garage sale bargain bag o'yarn that she brings me from time to time, and pulled out one of my favorite scarf patterns: Seaman's Scarf, from the Christmas at Sea program. The scarf knit up quick and I looked at my one lonely scarf and realized I could do a little more. Nothing like a little Catholic guilt to keep the needles clicking. Besides, now I had a mission: Knit the Stash.
So I dug out these leftovers of Lion's Brand Wool-Ease Chunky from what the family calls "My Christmas of Hats" (that's another story altogether) and realized I had enough to make a scarf, maybe even two. Well, two it is. I played mix and match with the scraps I had and am nearly done with the last scarf. How easy is that . . . plus the bonus is, I'm down an entire box of extra yarn. And best of all, three homeless men will have scarves for the winter. No, it isn't much, and there are still 997 necks left to warm, but I figure there are enough of us out there, like me, with a few extra skeins lying around and willing to take a couple days out of their knitting to make a scarf or two.
How about it? Anyone else willing to knit a scarf for the homeless? I'll get the address where to mail them to and post it the next time I blog. And now that I've knit these, what are your favorite things to knit for charity?
When the yarn starts to get a mind of its own, then it's time to knit the stash.
Welcome to my blog. My name is Elizabeth, and I've been knitting off and on since I was seven. I come from a long line of knitters, crocheters and quilters and love anything to do with fiber. Since I live in a house filled with male DNA, this is where I get to share my projects and notions.